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June 2011 Newsletter




United Way Campaign Gears Up!

Mark Your Calendars For the Event of the Season!

Boy ScoutsIf you've ever been to one of our "What Floats Your Cardboard Boat" Races, you know that they are NOT to be missed!  Heated competition, great music and food, and a chance to learn about the agencies we support make our 9th annual race a fun-filled event for the whole family.  Come out and celebrate as we kick off our 2011-2012 fundraising campaign!

Chiquita Boat

Save the Date:

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Race Starts at 10:00 a.m.

Mastodon Lake, at Phillips Park in Aurora


Put your team together and start building your boat now!  For boat building details and race day information click here!  Registration is limited...REGISTER NOW and secure your spot in the race!

Volunteers Go Beyond the Call!

2011 CAT

Caterpillar HR Executive, Chris Del Vecchio presents donation to

Scott Rittenberg, Vice President, Visting Nurse Association

MANY thanks to the more than 400 volunteers who tackled clean up, painting and landscaping projects at 15 different sites as part of Fox Valley United Way's "Operation Helping Hands" on Saturday, June 18. An annual collaboration between the FVUW and Ginger Creek Community Church, this event gives volunteers a chance to provide "hands on" assistance to social service agencies in the Fox Valley. 


OHH ShirtOne such effort was a large landscaping project conducted by a team of Caterpillar employees for the Visiting Nurse Association on Highland Avenue in Aurora.  They even raised more than $800 to purchase materials for the project!  On behalf of the agencies served, we appreciate all those who took time on a summer Saturday to make a difference in the community!  To see more photos, click here.

Aurora Early Learning Initiative

Childrens head shot

The Fox Valley United Way "Success by Six" committee has worked for several years to identify practices that promote long term academic success and determine where gaps exist in early learning in Aurora.  The committee has found that by kindergarten, roughly half of Aurora's children are already one to two years behind where they should be in language, literacy, cognitive and social skills.

On June 14, the Fox Valley United Way and the City of Aurora hosted a meeting of educators, residents, and community leaders to formalize a citywide collaboration effort to address deficiencies and develop support services that ensure that every child in Aurora has access to early learning opportunities.  The level of interest and commitment to change was impressive and a meeting will be held in July to develop a course of action.  Thanks to all who attended!

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  Fox Valley United Way

   44 East Galena Blvd.

   Aurora, IL  60505




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Agency Spotlight

Aunt Martha's Youth Service Center provides comprehensive health and social services for family members of all ages throughout our community.

Aunt Marthas

Their philosophy is to treat every client/patient with respect and dignity, to listen to concerns and offer solutions.


For more information about the services provided by Aunt Martha's visit their website here.

Special Thanks To: 


North Aurora Target Store employees, who collected and donated new mothers bags to the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry. 

Each bag included:  Diapers, Baby Food, Diaper Wipes, Baby Powder and a Baby Onesie.


Thank you Target employees for choosing to LIVE UNITED!

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